How significant is feminist art in China and what is the future of it?

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Feminism was a cultural movement born in the late nineteenth century, following the booming of the Industrial Revolution and the formation of diverse social ideologies. Feminism originated in France and then was gradually introduced to other countries such a the United Kingdom and the United States. Feminism was officially introduced into China during the May Fourth Movement and Feminist Art rose up in the Chinese contemporary art scene around 1990s.

Chinese Feminist Art is not only different from traditional Chinese female art as it clearly emphasises on female characteristics, but also distinctive from western feminist art in the way that it embraces Chinese culture to the greatest extent. Unlike Western Feminist Art which is tightly attached to the ideologies of the feminist movement, Chinese Feminist Art does not have a fixed theme as it focuses on the division of gender and uses such divide as a means to showcase the artistic style with feminine traits.

Chinese Feminist Art is based on emotional experiences, free spirit and sentimental. Western feminist artistic expression is the fight enlightening equal status with men, trying to eliminate all obstacles impeding thinking and personal development of female liberation. Therefore, the difference between Chinese and Western Feminist Art concept is whether it is related to gender or rights.

Western Feminist Art is formed by the direct association between the arts and the social, political, economic, cultural and other aspects. With the rise of the feminist movement, the elimination of gender inequality and the act to fight for feminist rights continue to occur in all areas of society . Art as a kind of performance and questioning of the social form, is naturally involved in t...

... middle of paper ... actually entered a kind of "normalization." From another perspective, the feminist critique of art with a sense of enlightenment and has undergone a fundamental change, into a new cultural context, or that feminist arts exist. Of course, this process has little to do with the arts, and has a direct relationship with the development of social civilization and even improve social productivity.

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